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Birmingham City 1-2 Leicester City

Wes Morgan and Lee Novak

Championship leaders Leicester made it a club record eighth league win in a row as they beat Birmingham City.

The Foxes led midway through the first half when David Nugent played in Lloyd Dyer, who smashed the ball into the roof of the net.

Jamie Vardy added a fantastic second goal late on when he beat two defenders to fire home.

Peter Lovenkrands headed in a last-minute goal for Birmingham but it was too late to spark a comeback.

The win for Leicester keeps them eight points clear of second-placed QPR, and more importantly, extended their advantage to 11 points over third-placed Burnley, who could only draw.

Birmingham have failed to win any of their last nine home games, a run stretching back to 1 October, and they are now only five points above the relegation zone.

The Foxes dominated the early stages, with Vardy going close and Danny Drinkwater forcing a save from Darren Randolph.

They deservedly led when Nugent played in a low angled ball from the right to the unmarked Dyer, who was able to take a touch before firing high into the goal.

Leicester could have doubled the lead when Dyer set up Anthony Knockaert but Randolph saved his effort from close range with his legs.

Blues improved after the break but Vardy finished the game as a contest when he received a Riyad Mahrez pass and dribbled down the right before firing an effort into the far corner.

Substitute Lovenkrands gave the Foxes a late scare from Chris Burke's corner but Nigel Pearson's men lasted the four minutes of injury time unscathed.

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson:

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Post-match: Leicester boss Nigel Pearson

"We were aware about the record but the players never discussed it. It was an added plus that we were able to achieve this record. To win eight games on the trot is very difficult in any league, particularly the Championship.

"The players have to take a great deal of credit with their ability to win different types of games. In this league you have to scrap and be resilient. I think against Birmingham we showed that we are capable of playing some really good football.

"The players are very focussed on the goals we have set and that is to win promotion. The chemistry within the squad is good and we are better equipped to deal with disappointment."

Birmingham boss Lee Clark:

"The scoreline doesn't tell the whole story. In every aspect of the game Leicester's confidence was sky high.

"We were happy at the end of the first half that it was only 1-0. We had a go in the second half but they were always the dominant side.

"The league table doesn't lie. Eight wins on the bounce at any level is a fantastic achievement. They have quality all over their team and Nigel Pearson has assembled a very good team. I hope that they go on and get promoted."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 32Bell
  • 20LeeSubstituted forLovenkrandsat 45'minutes
  • 5Bartley
  • 14Packwood
  • 7C Burke
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 35RusnakBooked at 73mins
  • 12Novak
  • 29Brown

Substitutes

  • 8Mullins
  • 10Howard
  • 11Lovenkrands
  • 13Doyle
  • 17Reilly
  • 27Ferguson
  • 33Gray

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 2de LaetBooked at 82mins
  • 3Konchesky
  • 4DrinkwaterBooked at 77mins
  • 27WasilewskiBooked at 74mins
  • 5Morgan
  • 24KnockaertSubstituted forHammondat 81'minutes
  • 8James
  • 35Nugent
  • 9VardyBooked at 38minsSubstituted forPhillipsat 87'minutes
  • 11DyerSubstituted forMahrezat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Hammond
  • 10King
  • 15Schlupp
  • 22Taylor-Fletcher
  • 25Logan
  • 26Mahrez
  • 28Phillips
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
14,763

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home8
Away21
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away13
Fouls
Home6
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Leicester City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Leicester City 2.

Attempt saved. Albert Rusnák (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

Lee Novak (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew James.

Attempt saved. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Kevin Phillips (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City).

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 1, Leicester City 2. Peter Løvenkrands (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross.

Foul by Dean Hammond (Leicester City).

Peter Løvenkrands (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Kevin Phillips replaces Jamie Vardy.

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 0, Leicester City 2. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City).

Albert Rusnák (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Dean Hammond replaces Anthony Knockaert.

Offside, Leicester City. Matthew James tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

Booking

Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

Chris Burke (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

Booking

Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie Vardy with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Booking

Albert Rusnák (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Albert Rusnák (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Riyad Mahrez replaces Lloyd Dyer.

Wes Morgan (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Marcin Wasilewski.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Albert Rusnák.

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

Reece Brown (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester28203551282363
2QPR27167433171655
3Burnley271410339201952
4Derby28156754371751
5Nottm Forest261111439261344
6Reading28128844331144
7Ipswich28101084032840
8Brighton27101073023740
9Blackburn2810993535039
10Middlesbrough2891094135637
11Wigan2610792826237
12Leeds27106113636036
13Huddersfield2797113633334
14Bournemouth2797113446-1234
15Blackpool2889112739-1233
16Watford2571083631531
17Birmingham2778123134-329
18Bolton27610113244-1228
19Doncaster2877142644-1828
20Sheff Wed2651293334-127
21Millwall2768132851-2326
22Charlton2659122234-1224
23Barnsley2649132544-1921
24Yeovil2655162341-1820
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